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REGISTRATION & PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page. This is a paid event with payment managed by the trip leader(s) and NOT the AOC. Please read the event description carefully for payment details and instructions.

Cold Weather Backpacking - Amicalola State Park to Springer Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Outside the Amicalola State Park office
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 27 2010, Sun, Feb 28 2010  8:45 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Jan 26 2010 10:30 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 26 2010 5:00 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
Lucy Clinton
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Member Cost:$5.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

NOTE: This is a demanding trip. Do not attempt it unless you are in good physical condition and have previous D5 hiking/backpacking experience or approval from the trip leader.

From the Amicalola State Park Visitor Center we will hike up to the top of the waterfalls with full backpack and gear, and follow the Access Trail to the summit of Springer Mountain (elev 3782 ft.), which is the southern terminus of the Appalachian trail. We will set up camp and spend the night at a nearby shelter and return to our cars the next day. On the way back we will visit Len Foote Hike Inn for a quick break and gear adjustment (They offer free tea and coffee, but bring a dollar or two for donations which supports the Inn). The total hiking distance is about 17 miles. 

Required Items to Bring:
All clothing and equipment should be suitable for cold weather backpacking and hiking:  Backpack, tent, sleeping bag (0-20 degrees or higher - depending on the weather), hiking poles, water, hiking shoes or boots, headlamp, sleeping pad, suitable clothing, cooking utensils, food for dinner and breakfast, snacks for the trail, (Two) walking poles.

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:Amicalola State Park is 15 miles northwest of Dawsonville on GA 52. Take 400 North to GA 53 (on your left) Take GA 53 west to GA 183 north to GA 52 east. Park is on your left.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):120Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $48.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

***This is not a beginner's backpacking trip so previous backpacking experience or trip leader's approval is required to sign up for the event***
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$5.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$5.00/Person
Cost Includes:Please share gas expense with your carpool driver. Parking is $5.00 a day per car and you must check in at the park visitors center.
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.